The Best Restaurants in Los Angeles at The LAFW

The Best Restaurants in Los Angeles at The LAFW

I had such an amazing time at the 2015 Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival. Although the festival is in it 6th year, its the first time that I ever got a chance to attend and it didn’t disappoint! All the top restaurants were in attendance to give the well-heeled and dolled up attendees exclusive samplings of their most popular dishes. Although there were definitely lines at many of the booths, the chefs’ teams were ready for service and guests usually didn’t have to wait long for a bite to eat. There was also plenty of time to go back for seconds! We were so lucky to get press passes for the event, which allowed early entrance and an extra 30 minutes along with the VIP to sample all the food before the General Admission tickets were let in. One hour was plenty of time for me to try every single dish at each nightly event (I was only able to accomplish this because I don’t drink and didn’t stop to sample wine pairings. Also I get strangely stressed out at food events, not wanting to miss out on anything so I can definitely invest more time in savoring my food!

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Last Minute Restaurant Reservations!

Last Minute Restaurant Reservations!

This post is sponsored by Table8, but all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

As a foodie I am so excited about the emergence of food related apps to make life so much more delicious and convenient! There are now countless apps for food delivery services, food subscriptions, reservation apps, etc. A new app that has recently debuted is Table8, available on both Android and Iphone.

For a couple like myself and The Director, we just never make restaurant reservations in advance so I rarely get to eat at the most popular, fully booked restaurants in town because we just like to decide where to eat on the fly! Did you know that there are always last minute tables available for those “in the know”? “These are the managers’ tables once set aside only for last-minute VIP diners that are now being made available to everyone,” says Table8 co-founder Santosh Jayaram. The membership to sign up to the app is free and tables booked at off peak times are free. There is a small fee for tables booked last minute at peak, sold out times.

I was able to make a reservation at the popular Smoke.Oil.Salt Spanish Tapas restaurant tonight for tomorrow, Thursday at 7:30PM for no cost. Smoke.Oil.Salt is literally in walking distance of my place and I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet!

The restaurant selection is highly curated to only the best restaurants in each local area. The app is also now servicing San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago. Here’s a sampling of some of the LA restaurants available for bookings:

Once by Ricardo Zarate Table 8 Table 8 Smoke.Oil.Salt Bar Marmont Table 8 Table 8 The Bazaar Table8 A.O.C.

And many more! Go to Table 8 to start making reservations!

25 KILLER Halloween Cupcake Recipes

25 KILLER Halloween Cupcake Recipes

I love cupcakes at anytime of the year but Halloween is absolute best because you can have so much fun, your imagination can run wild! I rounded up 25 of the most Killer and Amazing Halloween Cupcake recipes online!

25 Killer Halloween Cupcake Recipes

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Hard Rock Cafe – Macau, China

Nylon Pink in Macau

This is a throwback post back to the Nylon Pink Hard Rock Asia Tour. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and also one of the most challenging. This had already started off to big one of Nylon Pink’s biggest years. We had released several of our first KPOP covers which received a huge response, completed our first, even more challenging tour in the Midwest and were now headed to play in Asia for the first time! It was super scary and it was super exciting. Some of the bandmates had never been out of the country before and most had never been to Malaysia or China.

So to get to Macau, you fly into Hong Kong and take a ferry into Macau. We landed in Hong Kong at 5am! and had to wait until 10am to take the ferry to Macau so it was a pretty rough layover. Somehow at this point Karen aka DJ Shy (who is filling in as keyboards) somehow makes it by herself past customs and grabs all our luggage and is completely separated from the rest of us who are still inside the airport! What’s incredible is that she somehow takes all of our luggage (7 people!) and finds her way to the hotel. I would never have been able to accomplish that on my own!

Upon finally arriving in Macau, the very hospitable Urs walks us through customs (wow Macau customs is AWESOME!) and then invites us into his very sick red stretch limo.

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In Macau we stayed in two separate artist apartments for the ten day duration. This is the view from our room….

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Los Angeles Food & Wine 2015

Los Angeles Food & Wine 2015

LA Food and Wine

I am so excited that the Los Angeles Food and Wine festival is back! I’ll be attending all the night time events, including the Lexus sponsored Ultimate Bites of LA, Grand Ave Night Market , Lexus Live on Grand. Each night features over 35 top chefs sampling their top dishes to hungry foodies such as moi! What’s also exciting is that many chefs have traveled from different cities to let us sample their food so its not solely LA Chefs! There’s 250 world class wines being poured, I almost wish I could lift my sobriety for that weekend!

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#SocialMastery Twitter Chat – August 26th 6-7PM (PST)

Twitter Chat

 

I am hosting the #SocialMastery Twitter Chat next Wednesday August 26th at 6-7PM

Our Twitter Chat will take place virtually and it’s a great work to network with other established and emerging influencers, grow your Twitter following, and learn more about mastering social media. We will discuss tips and tricks on how to grow your Instagram and Twitter following, with a focus this week on Periscope featuring emerging periscope stars George Wang and Emily Tang

It can be a bit more difficult to achieve influencer status on Instagram and Twitter because these two platforms are so saturated. Learn how Emily and George have quickly carved out a large influencer on the emerging Periscope platform

How to Participate in Twitter Chats (and Make a BIG Splash!): http://www.postplanner.com/how-to-participate-in-twitter-chats/

Try the World Box – Japan

Try the World Box – Japan

I am a paid subscriber to the Try the World Box, and I love the subscription. It’s a bimonthly subscription and each box focuses on a new country. It’s a sampling of some popular foods from each country and it truly gives you a little taste of the culture. What I especially love about Try the World is the beautiful little Culture Guide booklet which comes with each box. The booklet usually includes some recommended recipes and ideas on how to use the contents of the box

Try the World comes in one of the most beautiful boxes, very Tiffany-esque and great to use as storage boxes around the house or to use for gifting.

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8 Hacks to make you less Absent-Minded

8 Hacks to make you less Absent-Minded

8 Hacks to make you less ABSENT-MINDED

I can be scarily absent-minded. In the past three days, I have lost my phone, left the stove on all night and lost a camera charger (lent to me by a friend who told me specifically not to lose it)…this list goes on and on. This is why it’s scary. When I lost my phone, it was on the night that The Director and I decided to make a dinner run to Tommy’s. I specifically remember sitting in the car and thinking that I should’ve brought my cell phone so that we could’ve mapped the location of the Tommy’s. Arriving home, I expected to find the phone on the bed where I left it but it was nowhere to be found. I looked for it all night and was baffled as to where it could be. The Director suggested looking in the car but I couldn’t possibly fathom it being there since I distinctly remember sitting in the car, wishing that I had brought the phone along. The next morning I look in the car and sure enough it’s in the car door pocket. I had brought the phone along with me with absolutely no recollection of doing so!

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Violet Iodine Recap

This post is sponsored by Violet iodine, but all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

Violet Iodine Recap

Violet Iodine

Violet Iodine

 

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Okonomiyaki Mix – Try the World Japan

Okonomiyaki Mix – Try the World Japan

I was super skeptical when I received the Okonomiyaki Mix in my Try the World Japan box. How could an Okonomiyaki mix possible be good?! It just doesn’t seem like something that can be cooked super deliciously at home. I was wrong, I’m actually craving it now just writing about it, it was super yummy!

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